Will they keep them all?
I’m talking about the Green Bay Packers’ tight end group. There are locks like [intlink id=”209″ type=”category”]Jermichael Finley[/intlink], who’s an all-around pass catching threat, and [intlink id=”1236″ type=”category”]Tom Crabtree[/intlink], who’s the best blocking tight end in the group. The Packers drafted [intlink id=”1624″ type=”category”]D.J. Williams[/intlink] in the fifth round and he’s been a camp sensation. Williams had a couple great catches on the day going across the middle. Things get real interesting when you add seventh-round pick [intlink id=”1629″ type=”category”]Ryan Taylor[/intlink] to the mix. Taylor looks above average in all areas and is consistently on the No. 1 special teams units. Taylor has also shown soft hands, exemplified in a session of short kickoffs where he became the return man. Where does this leave injured players like [intlink id=”1036″ type=”category”]Andrew Quarless[/intlink] and [intlink id=”700″ type=”category”]Spencer Havner[/intlink]? Quarless has been a decent game-day player and a willing blocker, so I think he’ll make the team. Havner may have to be the odd man out in a very crowded group, which would already be five deep. It may sound crazy that the Packers could keep five tight ends, but they love the body type for special teams and could justify keeping one less fullback to hold onto another talented tight end.
No, the Packers have not introduced any wildcat plays with [intlink id=”1616″ type=”category”]Randall Cobb[/intlink] yet, but he looks like he’ll make an impact in a variety of ways this season. My obligatory Cobb hype for the day comes from his impact and usage on special teams and offense. The Packers are looking to create confusion, hopefully for opposing teams, in the return game by running reverses and laterals with Cobb. In preparation for teams keying on the guy I’m already putting into the Packers Hall of Fame, Cobb caught the ball, made some moves, and pitched to [intlink id=”1061″ type=”category”]Sam Shields[/intlink] or Anthony Levine for the return. When Cobb was actually returning kicks he looked great, with at least one return looking like it would have gone the distance. On offense, the Packers ran a reverse option with Cobb and he completed a pass to a tightly covered Chastin West. Cobb also had the catch of the day, one-handing a ball thrown high and behind him on a slant route. It appears the Packers have someone special in Cobb and they’re finding multiple options to get him involved.
In good company
Dennis Bishop, father of Packers’ linebacker [intlink id=”492″ type=”category”]Desmond Bishop[/intlink], was sitting in front of me and flossing a pair of championship pinky rings. He earned one from his days in the USFL. The other was the [intlink id=”1425″ type=”category”]Super Bowl XLV[/intlink] ring his son earned. Dennis was more than happy to oblige the not-so-subtle fans who wanted a picture of the ring, a picture with the ring on, or a picture with him. Yesterday I saw Dennis wearing a shirt that said “Papa Bishop” and had the number 55 on the back. He’s a proud father and it seems like the Bishop family are good people.
My next visit to training camp won’t be until Monday. I’m in the business of working for Packers fans, so I appreciate any ideas and comments that you guys have. Are there any players you want me to keep an eye on? As you guys watch or look over the recap from the game this Friday, keep in mind any players that intrigue you and I’ll do my best to give you eyes on the situation.
let us know how morgan burnett is looking now that hes pretty much been given the other starting safety position
Could you also keep an eye on some of the other defensive linemen? With Neal’s injury problems, it will be interesting to see if any of them make a little more noise and make a case for the Packers to keep them on the 53 man roster.
Continue to watch Pat Lee and the other corners like Josh Gordy. Gordy had a good performance against the Browns, and Lee is slipping. The spot will come down to those two. The back up safety spot behind Collins will be interesting to see too. Levine and Jennings are both interesting cases.
Could you also look to see what’s happening with Ricky Elmore. The Packers drafted him in the sixth/seventh round, and I thought he may be a little more competitive like Zombo was last year. Haven’t heard from him.
Continue to watch the running backs behind Alex Green. They look like they may be good practice squad material, as I see the Pack keeping only 3 halfbacks and Kuhn.
Great job man, keep it up. I think the log jam of talent at tight end likely affects the other skill positions, especially fullback and maybe halfback. Who’s been standing out there?
JAMES JONES’ HANDS
check out ILB-DJ SMith and if the Pack is still figeting around with Newhouse at RT…
I’d love to see an inside report on who we can expect to haul in more receptions: Jordy, Jones or dare I say Cobb (probably a little premature with that last one)?
Please keep an eye out for Clay Matthews and Alex Green and LB Ricky Elmore for me!:)
Keep a eye on So’sto guy he sounds like he could be bad ass.
Last year, the Packers kickoff and punt teams (when the opponent receives) were huge liabilities! I’m wondering how they look so far?
I know a lot of people aren’t happy with the new kickoff rules, but I think it is good news for the Packers. We were constantly giving up great field position on kickoffs; a few more touchbacks certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Keep up the good work! We appreciate it!
Hey Brady…Question..After watching Newhouse and watching his play in dvr slo-mo. Does anyone seriously think he has a career in the NFL?…my personal thought…Horrible